Dublar Char in the Sundarbans

September 24, 2011

Dublarchar, Sundarban, Bangladesh

Photographer: Dr. Md. Arifur Rahman; Arifur's Web site
Summary Author: Dr. Md. Arifur Rahman; Stu Witmer

Salt and fresh water meet in a vast Ganges Delta where the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers join the Bay of Bengal. This huge delta is the Sundarbans, the "beautiful jungle," one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. About one third of the Sundarbans is water and much of the land portion of the delta consists of silt islands or "chars". Remote Dublar Char is one of the last islands before the sea and is known for its fish. In the photo above, we see some of the fishermen who visit the island during the months of November to February to bring in the catch and dry it on the beaches. A container ship can be seen on the horizon to the right of the photo. The Sundarbans National Park encompasses over 6,500 sq mi (16,800 sq km) in India and Bangladesh. It was added UNESCO's World Heritage site list in 1987. In addition to the fish, over 250 species of birds thrive in the jungle along with threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile, the Indian python and the elusive Bengal tiger. Picture taken November 20, 2010.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 450D; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS; Focal Length: 37mm; Focus Distance: Infinite; Aperture: f/4.5; Exposure Time: 0.0006 s (1/1600); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.